Surveillance Index

Performing Books #1
January 10 to 27, 2018
  • Voyeurisme à Los Angeles, double page extraite de l’ouvrage Tom, 2013, Doug Rickard

    Surveillance Index, Edition One

  • LE BAL / Matthieu Samadet
  • Chambre d’isolation, service des douanes et de la protection des frontières, San Ysidro, Californie, double page extraite de l’ouvrage Architecture of Authority, Richard Ross, 2007

    Surveillance Index, Edition One

  • LE BAL / Matthieu Samadet
  • Site inconnu, Noordwijk aan zee, double page extraite de Dutch Landscapes, Mishka Henner, 2011

    Surveillance Index, Edition One

  • LE BAL / Matthieu Samadet
  • Site de surveillance, Bald Mountain, 2005, double page extraite de l’ouvrage Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, Trevor Paglen, 2010

    Surveillance Index, Edition One

  • LE BAL / Matthieu Samadet
  • Double page extraite de Kontee Sein, Katja Stuke, 2008

    Surveillance Index, Edition One

  • LE BAL / Matthieu Samadet

LE BAL is launching Performing Books. This new BAL Books initiative will present a collection every January selected by an artist, researcher, or book lover on a specific theme. LE BAL will turn into a research laboratory focused on books’ role as a political gesture and a critical reflection of our society. The first Performing Books event is dedicated to Surveillance Index.

Compiled by the American Mark Ghuneim, this collection of over 200 photography books explores “our the golden age of surveillance” and its visible and invisible inner workings. An expert observer of technological innovation, aware of the challenges of protecting his private life very early on, Ghuneim investigates all the lawful and unlawful procedures the State has put in place to watch its citizens. In the early 1990s, he listed with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) all the CCTV cameras in the streets of New York and created an interactive map which takes you through the parts of Manhattan that aren’t under surveillance. In 2009, six years before the Snowden affair, Ghuneim began collecting books by artists and photographers about “those watching and being watched” men, machines, institutions, governments, spies, hackers, voyeurs and egotists. In LE BAL, over 200 books from his collection Surveillance Index will be available to the public.

« The iconography of surveillance is part of our daily lives and has inspired a multitude of artworks » — Mark Ghuneim

In the spirit of a genuine whistle blower, Ghuneim is raising the alarm, using this collection and the plethora of visual material it represents as a wake-up call raising awareness and resistance. Which personal and collective civil liberties are we sacrificing at the altar of security? How do our personal, intimate, identifying desires create the tools to control us? Which political, social, cultural and legal incidents has this provoked? What behaviour can we adopt in order to disappear from the CCTV screens and meta-databases? To discuss these questions and stimulate public debate, LE BAL has invited sociologists, activists, artists, thinkers and journalists to participate in the programme.

Mark Ghuneim will open Performing Books by discussing the starting point and activist nature of his collection and his self-published 2017 book Surveillance Index which details the inventory of his findings.


Thursday 11/01 - 8PM
Talk with Mark Ghuneim & Emilie Lauriola
Friday 12/01 - 8PM

Projection of the movie Somewhere to disappear (In presence of the director Laure Flammarion)
Saturday 13/01 - From 4PM to 6PM

"Édition & Surveillance"
Booksignings and talks with Thomas Mailaender (Parental Advisory), Esther Hovers (False Positives), Klara Källstrom et Thobias Fäldt (Wikiland 2 & 3) and Thomas Albdorf (General view)

Wednesday 17/01 - 8PM
Cinema & Video program : "Overexposed" (Artists films about surveillance)

Thursday 18/01 - 8PM
Discussion in collaboration with the EHESS "Territories unders surveillance"

Saturday 20/01 - 10AM to 6PM
Workshop /  Mishka Henner.
Scorpion Violente / Concert.

Wednesday 24/01 - 8PM
Mondkopf / Concert.

Thursday 25/01 - From 8PM to midnight
RYBN : "Internet Anonymat" / Workshop & Performance

Friday 26/01  - 8PM
"Russia & the Cyberspace" - Discussion with Tania Rakhamova

Saturday 27/01 - 3PM to 4:30PM
Workshop "CRYPTOPARTY" - In collaboration with feminist hackerspace Reset.
Talk & Book launch Shadows of the state with Lewis Bush



A talk with Mark Ghuneim

As part of Surveillance Index


Workshop : Mishka Henner

Remote Possibilities

Saturday 20 january


Saturday 27 January, 3pm


Film series

Wednesday 17 January - 8 pm

Round #9: Areas under surveillance

A panel discussion organised by BAL and EHESS

Thursday 18 January, 8 pm

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